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Chris Hammer - Author

About the Author

Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. For many years he was a roving foreign correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline. He has reported from more than thirty countries on six continents.

Chris's non-fiction book, The River, published in 2010 to critical acclaim, was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award. Scrublands, his first novel, was published in 2018 and won the CWA John Creasey Debut Dagger Award, as well as being shortlisted for Best Debut Fiction at the Indie Book Awards, and Best General Fiction at the ABIA Awards. It has also been longlisted for the Ned Kelly Best Crime Novel of the Year. Scrublands was optioned for television by Easy Tiger (a FremantleMedia company).

Chris has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master's degree in international relations from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra with his wife, Dr Tomoko Akami. The couple have two children.

You can find Chris at @thehammernow on Instagram

Photo credt: Alex Ellinghausen

Featured books by Chris Hammer

Other books by Chris Hammer

Trust

Trust

Author: Chris Hammer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

The stunning new novel from the No.1 international bestselling author of Scrublands and 'master of Australian noir' Chris Hammer. On a bright sunny day in Port Silver, ex-journalist Martin Scarsden misses a call from his girlfriend Mandy. Checking his voicemail later, all he hears is her terrified scream before the phone cuts off. Back at the house, he finds a policeman unconscious on the floor, and Mandy gone. So starts a riveting tale of intrigue and danger, as Martin probes the hidden past of the woman he loves. But can he trust her, once her shocking secrets are finally revealed? Praise for Chris Hammer 'The best Australian crime novel for years' The Times 'Shimmers . . . A tortured tale of blood and loss' Val McDermid 'Intelligent, thought-provoking - an almost-perfect crime novel' Ann Cleeves 'Hammer is a great writer - a leader in Australian noir' Michael Connelly 'Stunning - a page-turner which stays long in the memory' Sunday Times 'Hammer's writing is so evocative the heat practically rises off the pages' Guardian 'A dark and brilliant thriller' Mail On Sunday

Trust

Trust

Author: Chris Hammer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

The stunning new novel from the No.1 international bestselling author of Scrublands and 'master of Australian noir' Chris Hammer. On a bright sunny day in Port Silver, ex-journalist Martin Scarsden misses a call from his girlfriend Mandy. Checking his voicemail later, all he hears is her terrified scream before the phone cuts off. Back at the house, he finds a policeman unconscious on the floor, and Mandy gone. So starts a twisting tale of intrigue and danger, as Martin probes the past of the woman he loves, a woman who has buried her former life deep. And for the first time, Mandy finds denial impossible, now the body of a man has been discovered - a man to whom she was engaged to marry. It's time to face her demons once and for all; it's time she learned how to trust. Set in a Sydney riven with corruption and nepotism, privilege and power, TRUST is the third riveting novel from award-winning and internationally acclaimed writer Chris Hammer. Praise for Chris Hammer: 'The best Australian crime novel for years' The Times 'Hammer is a great writer - a leader in Australian noir' Michael Connelly 'Stunning - a page-turner which stays long in the memory' Sunday Times 'Intelligent, thought-provoking - an almost-perfect crime novel' Ann Cleeves

The Coast

The Coast

Author: Chris Hammer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2013

From the winner of the ACT Book of the year Award for his first book, The River, comes this celebration of the Australian seascape, from its natural grandeur to the quirky individualism of those who live beside it. It is also the heartfelt and pertinent story of the issues facing our coast today and the resilience of communities at a turning point. Chris Hammer travels the length of the east coast of Australia on a journey of discovery and reflection, from the Torres Strait to Tasmania; from an island whose beach has been lost forever to the humbling optimism of the survivors of Cyclone yasi; from the showy beaches of Sydney to a beautiful village that endures despite the loss of its fishing fleet. This is a relevant, satisfying and highly readable book, imbued with a sense of optimism and humour. Even as new economic imperatives emerge and the shift in our climate becomes apparent, we can revel in the heritage and character of our shores, reminding us why the coast is so important to all of us.